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Author's Rights

What is copyright?

Copyright is a bundle of rights that includes:

  • The right to reproduce the work
  • The right to distribute the work
  • The right to prepare derivative works
  • The right to perform the work
  • The right to display the work
  • The right to license any of the above to third parties

In the United States, copyright exists from the moment of creation, and lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years. Copyright protection is automatic as soon as a work exists in fixed form. You can register your copyright with the US Copyright Office but you don't need to do that for your copyright to exist.

Adapted from: Kleinman, Molly. Copyright: Know the Basics. 2009.

SPARC Author's Rights Brochure

Copyright resources